Playing on the urban legend of Ernest Hemingway’s bet-winning, six-word story – “For sale: baby shoes, never worn” – a magazine editor at the New York Times invited the public to create their own six-word stories. He collected the responses, eventually publishing them in a series of best-selling books. The challenge lives on at the Times, today in a holiday guise.

The RoundTable is following the Times’ lead, calling for readers’ stories from a year stalked by a raging pandemic and fraught with political discord: In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we ask you to distill into six words what you are grateful for. Please send all stories to

The most effective (or affecting) stories will be published at on Thanksgiving.